Council of Europe Data Protection website
Paris, France 17 September 2018
In the framework of the South Programme III, the Data protection authority of Morocco (Commission...
Calabar, Nigeria 10-14 September 2018
Carried out under the GLACY+ Project notably aimed at providing advice on legislation in line...
São Paulo 7-8 August 2018
Further to the adoption by the Brazilian Senate on 10 July of the General Data Protection Bill...
Strasbourg 9-13 July 2018
The “Octopus 2018: Cooperation against Cybercrime” is being held from 11-13 July 2018 in the...
Council of Europe invited to the French Forum on the Internet Governance under the topic "taking back control"Paris 5 July 2018
The French Forum on the Internet Governance (French IGF) was held on 5 July 2018 in Paris with...
Protecting private life
You go somewhere, you buy something, you apply for a job, you pay your bills : you live... and at each of those moments of your life, your personal information is used, collected, processed. In order to protect your right to private life, with regard to the automatic processing of your personal data, the Council of Europe elaborated the "Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data".
Thirty years after its entry into force, this Convention still remains the only binding international legal instrument in the field, with a potential worldwide scope of application.
The Council of Europe has released this hard-hitting short film to highlight the dangers posed by those who wish to illegally obtain private data.
The film shows a data intruder running through a building and downloading one victim's personal data at home, another's medical records during an examination by a doctor and a third victim's bank details during a transaction at his bank. It ends with a reminder that the Council of Europe has a convention on data protection.
Handbook on European data protection law - 2018 edition
The rapid development of information technology has exacerbated the need for robust personal data protection, the right to which is safeguarded by both European Union (EU) and Council of Europe (CoE) instruments. Safeguarding this important right entails new and significant challenges as technological advances expand the frontiers of areas such as surveillance, communication interception and data storage. This handbook is designed to familiarise legal practitioners not specialised in data protection with this emerging area of the law. It provides an overview of the EU’s and the CoE’s applicable legal frameworks. It also explains key case law, summarising major rulings of both the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights. In addition, it presents hypothetical scenarios that serve as practical illustrations of the diverse issues encountered in this ever-evolving field.